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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Victor Steeman dies in racing accident aged 22 !!


Accidents are not uncommon in Sporting World, especially in Sports where speed is the essence.  Thinking F1 racing, immediate reference is champion Michael Schumacher’s accident but that happened elsewhere and not on a racing track !  .. .. In Dec 2013,   Schumacher, a very competent skier, was holidaying in  France, where he owns a chalet.  He was skiing with his 14-year-old son on a red piste, which is classed for intermediate skiers. But shortly after 11am, he left the piste and skied on to an off-piste area located in between the red run and a blue run, for beginners to intermediates.  It was here that he struck a partially-covered rock. He was not skiing fast but he lost control and catapulted 34 feet on to another rock. He smashed his head on the bolder. The force of the collision shattered his helmet.  Sad ! – he went in to coma, but with the active care and support of his wife, he is still fighting and recovering.  

2022 FIA Formula One World Championship is a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is the 73rd running of the Formula One World Championship.  Drivers and teams are competing for the titles of World Drivers' Champion and World Constructors' Champion, respectively. The 2022 championship saw the introduction of significant changes to the sport's technical regulations.   Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen, who was the reigning Drivers' Champion, claimed his second title at the Japanese Grand Prix, whilst Mercedes are the reigning Constructors' Champions.

Victor lays it all out very simply: "Right from a young age I was interested in Motorsport from watching races on TV, cruising with my toy motorbike in the living room and sitting on my fathers classic Ducati. For my fourth birthday my present was a minimoto and I started to race on a remote controlled car circuit nearby and won several club races."  He progressed through the smaller classes in Belgium and the Netherlands but 2015 saw a big step forward. It was my first year racing on large circuits and big wheels, I loved the high speed and the new tracks, never giving up and showing initiative, making my own plan.-  sad and shocking the man referred here, is no more !!

The 2022 Supersport 300 World Championship was the sixth season of the Supersport 300 World Championship. It started on April 8 at the MotorLand Aragón, and ended on October 9 at the Algarve International Circuit.  MotorLand Aragón  is a 5.344 km (3.321 mi) race track used for motorsports located in Alcañiz, Spain.  The circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke in conjunction with the British architectural business Foster and Partners.    The championship was marred by the death of championship runner-up Victor Steeman, who suffered fatal injuries in an accident  

Dutch World Supersport 300 motorcycle rider Victor Steeman has died of injuries suffered in a crash in Portugal at the weekend, World Superbikes said. The 22-year-old Kawasaki racer crashed with another rider in Saturday's race at the Algarve circuit and was taken by helicopter to hospital in Faro. 'Despite the best efforts of the circuit's medical staff, marshals and hospital staff, Steeman has sadly succumbed to his injuries,' World Superbikes said. Steeman started the Portuguese round of the championship with a mathematical chance of taking the title after four wins this season.  His family said he had been able to save five other people by donating his organs.  Steeman's death comes less than a week after British Superbikes rider Chrissy Rouse, 26, died of head injuries after being struck by another rider in a race at England's Donington Park circuit.  

A statement from his family read: 'Something you have always been afraid of as a parent of a motorcycle racer has now happened. Our Victor could not win this last race. 'Despite the unbearable loss and grief, we are extremely proud to share with you that our hero, through his passing, was able to save five other people by donating his organs. 'We would like to thank everyone for the way you have lived with us over the past few days. We will miss our Victor enormously.'  Tributes has poured in for Steeman following the tragic news after a horror crash in Portugal

The Kawasaki rider received immediate medical support at the side of the track and at the circuit medical center before being transferred by helicopter to Faro Hostpital, according to the FIM.

Sad about loss of life at such an young age !


With regards – S. Sampathkumar
13rd Oct 2022.

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